I am so glad I had this give away contest to name my new flower design. It was nice to hear flower names that I wouldn’t have thought of. Camelia is perfect for this design. Thank you Debbie A.! Your pink and white full size Camelia is done and ready to ship. Heidi, yours is the smaller one in Terra Cotta and a variegated cord called “spice cake”. It is a different version with 12 petals instead of ten. It is denser and a little flatter. I hope you like it. And for Christine, a black and medium charcoal 10 petal small version. It is less cupped than the larger one but I like it just as much as the other ones.
~New Camelia Bobby Pins~
The large black and silver one in my hair is my own. It took me about 20 shots to get a good picture of the back of my head. Yes, the pink is back in my hair! 🙂
The Camelias will be invading my shop by the end of the week. There are over 35 color options not including several variegated colors to choose from. Watch facebook for their listings.
The Bobbies will ship tomorrow! I hope you all like them!
Do you know how hard it is to photo the back of your own head without a tripod…or another person for that matter. I decided to photo my hair because I am wearing the unnamed flower in my hair today. And yes, my hair is a normal color right now, no pink. Ha! Closeups of these pics may not be too crisp but you can get the idea of how it looks.
And to answer some questions that have popped up: Yes, I can make it smaller. Yes I can make it in one color instead of two. Yes it can be bigger as well, and flatter too. And I would be happy to make it into a brooch instead of a bobby pin.
To learn more about the big “Name that flower” give-away click here.
What flower does this Snappy Tatter design make you think of? Keep the answers coming. I’m getting some good ones!
Live, Love, Tat!
p.s. I’ll let you know if you have given me a name that has already been entered. 🙂
Hello Peeps! I’ve missed you all so now it’s give-away time!
While I have been “taking it easy”, I have created a new flower. Yay! As most of you know or have realized by now, I love designing flowers and flora and their associated fauna, (mostly insects) and this one needs a name. This give-away is easy to enter and fun to boot! The question is: what flower does this design remind you of? This flower is circular with many overlapping petals and could be considered a little trumpeted. Think 3-D, pop-up and large. Think of the flowers in your gardens that are big and showy. If you are not a gardener, botanist or floral decorator, 😉 share this contest with your friends and family and see what they come up with for flower names. Many of you are international Snappy Tatter fans or from different parts of the US than western Pennsylvania so think of flowers that are native to your area. I am eager to see what you have out there!
Here are the “Name that Flower” Give-away rules:
~Send me your flower name that you think best represents this design. If you can find a link to a great picture that would be very helpful. I would like a common name, not a Latin name (unless there is only a Latin name, in which case I will come up with a nickname).
~The winner will be the person whose flower name I have chosen.
~In the event that more than one person has entered the same name, I will award the prize to the person who FIRST sent in the name. Thank goodness everything is time stamped these days! It could be down to seconds, ladies!
~You may enter more than one name. Entering the same name more than one time will not increase your chances, it will just take up your precious time.
~I have patterns for a Mum, Dandelion, Marigold, Rose, Lily, Pansy, and Daisy so those names cannot be entered.
~Enter by posting a commenting below or on this post on Facebook or you can send me a Tweet or what is now becoming sooooo yesterday…you can actually send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prize? How about a custom Flower Bobby for yourself! Yay!
Here are more photos for you to use as a reference:
You will be the first kid on the block to be wearing this exclusive Snappy Tatter design and you can have it in your favorite colors. It pops up just a little so you can nestle it sweetly in your hair. The flower measures 2″ across and has a decorative glass pearl at its center. I have silver bobbies with white, pink, cream and silver pearls. The metal bobby pin measures 1.50″ long and is short enough to embellish shorter hair. These are the colors of cordonnet the winner can choose from for their bobby so you can start thinking about what you will choose!
Keep it for yourself or give it to someone special. It will come in a gift box wrapped in lovely Snappy Tatter floral paper with a red ribbon accent.
The black and silver bobby shown is for me but I will make one to go in my shop soon. I will time myself now that I have the pattern so I can get an accurate price. I am thinking the price will be between $28-$35 but don’t hold me to that. It takes a lot of time to work out a pattern and this may not take as much time as I think now that I have the numbers to go by. And no, I am not selling the pattern. Sorry ladies, maybe later this year!
This Give-away will end at noon (12 pm EST) July 31st and the winner will be announced shortly after. The newly named flower bobby will ship in 2-3 weeks!
Every spring I start working for brides again. It is just the time of year that I get contacted to custom make bridal jewelry. I am always flattered by these requests and am so happy that my work can be a part of their special day. The latest work I have done is shown below. Five MOD cuffs in a lightly variegated cord called cafe latte and ecru. Each has hand sewn glass beading; light bronze pearls and clear Czech glass with an Aurora Borealis coating that creates a subtle rainbow shimmer. It is a sturdy design that can stand on its own. It is one of the first I altered into jewelry and the only one I sell that I adapted from a vintage pattern. The jewelry components are Sterling including the magnetic clasps.
You can find more of this design and new variations in earrings, chokers, and pendants in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. Just put “MOD” in the shop search bar and all current listings will pop up! Cheers!
A little late, I know, but Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had wonderful and safe holidays with their family and friends. With the New Year and more time on my hands as the crazy holiday season has passed, it is time for me to evaluate what I am doing, where Snappy Tatter is going, and what my priorities will be for the new year.
First and foremost, at the end of last year I was approached by a UK publishing company to author an introductory shuttle tatting book. After careful consideration and lots of questions I accepted and am working on the synopsis and structure of the book as we speak! At first I was overwhelmed with the first assignment and was totally psyching myself out. Then I thought, ‘if this is something that is going to feel like a burden and not be enjoyable then you shouldn’t be doing it! So sit down, get yourself together and START WRITING!!!’ (This is how I talk to myself all the time. I am really bossy with myself.) So I did. And I loooove it. It feels so natural to me and I look forward to writing everyday. So-for those of you that are wondering how to start shuttle-tatting and are interested in basic tatting patterns, hopefully my book will be coming out in 2014.
On another but similar note, I get requests for my patterns all the time now. I am not trying to be off-putting but I do not sell or give away my original patterns. This is for a couple of reasons. The main being that I am an artist and my patterns come from my imagination and have a little bit of my soul in them. To me, it is like painting a picture and being asked if someone can replicate my painting. I am connected to my work. I love what I do. And I love that people appreciate what I do but selfishly, the patterns are mine and I want full rights to using them in the manner I wish. My work is also my livelihood. I would be very upset if I saw that my patterns were turning up in someone else’s work. My original patterns are protected by US copyright laws and until (and if) I decide to give them up I would like to keep full rights to them. I am deeply flattered that people like my work enough to ask for the patterns but my connection to them as an artist is why I do not provide them. After authoring this book I will have a better understanding of what it takes to compose a book and may begin to self-publish some of the basic jewelry patterns I have. But that is a loooong way off. I hope everyone continues to enjoy my work in the meantime.
Snappy Tatter is going to teach herself some new tricks! I have purchased a book on how to learn Romanian Point Lace. I would like to see if I like creating this type of lace and if it can be used in my work. I hope to become proficient to the extent that I can create original patterns. I also would like to explore Celtic tatting, Cluny tatting and some more obscure tatting techniques. I will post my progress here.
On the Blog front, I will be launching a new category called “a few of my favorite things” where I showcase some of my tatting and non-tatting favorite things. You will get to know Snappy Tatter as a person a little more this year. I also will have more artist interviews, give-away contests, and hope to post new work on a regular basis.
Currently, my biggest task of the year is underway. My shop gets sleepy this time of year (I swear sometimes I hear crickets when I visit Snappy Tatter onine). So I take advantage of this slower time by reviewing ALL of my shop listings. I check for grammatical and spelling errors, links that go nowhere, substandard photos, wordy descriptions, and adjust pricing. There will be no significant change in my pricing this year. Also, Etsy has made some changes at the end of last year that I will take full advantage of. Mainly, I am now able to have listing variations that make shopping on Etsy more like other shopping venues. I can provide multiple options for color, beading, and size that you can choose from. I will be adding these options to Made to Order listings only because Ready Made listings are….well, already made. I will be adding these variations when it is possible to make them a different way. Some designs can only come in limited sizes and some I intend to only be made in certain colors but I will try to provide as many options as possible. You can always send me a request for a design in a different color or size!
The best way to find out what Snappy Tatter is up to on a daily basis is to follow me on Facebook! I post new listings and also post my accomplishments as I finish them. So if you want to know when all MTO bracelet listings are up and available, check into Facebook and watch for the post! You will also be treated to baby animal and kitty pictures as I find them. 🙂
That’s about it in Snappy Tatter-land! I thank all of you for all the support and encouragement you send me throughout the year. One of the nicest things about running my teeny tiny online business is my connection to all of you!
One of the things I love most about being an artist is watching my concepts come to fruition through hours of designing and focused work. When we were on our October cabin vacation, I took the opportunity to design a three dimensional rose, an idea that had been in my mind for quite some time. I produced several styles while perfecting the shape eventually coming up with the roses that are in this design, adequately named Full Bloom.
Full Bloom has been an amazing project. These Victorian Red roses are continuously shuttle-tatted as 2 or 3 connected parts each with 2 or 3 rounds of long picots, short and long chains, rings and lock stitches. The leaves are my skinny Oak design in dark leaf green.
The highest quality 100% Egyptian cotton cordonnet was used for this work producing very firm components with rich color and beautiful sheen. The components are tatted together and hand sewn together discreetly through the back side.
A clear stiffener was added to the interior of the roses and back of the twisted stems of the leaves so the design is firm and stable. Matte gold Swarovski glass pearls are hand sewn into the centers. Shimmery organdy ribbon with gold jewelry components completes the necklace.
This is a one-of-a-kind Snappy Couture design. Snappy Couture is my high-end, high-fashion, line of fiber art jewelry. My most elaborate and glamorous designs are in this collection. All are one-of-a-kind.
In the future I would like to create more of this work. It is labor intensive and requires much of my time so new pieces only come out a couple of times a year. In the new year I plan to work on more framed and wearable fiber art. I am also going to learn a new form of lace-making which I hope to incorporate into my collections.
I loved making this design. It will debut at the show I am attending tomorrow and Wednesday and then will be listed in my Etsy shop. Like all of my Snappy Couture designs, it saddens me a little to see it go but makes me feel overjoyed when someone enjoys my work enough to bring it home.
I have been working hard since this morning gathering the many things I will need to have a comfortable, successful show next Monday and Wednesday. Much of what I need is still packed from earlier this month making this a little easier on me. I needed to pop in and give everyone a heads up on Holiday plans in Snappy Tatter-land. read more…
The latest e-Newsletter is out with my plans for the holidays. Here are all the pertinent points!
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Snappy Tatter Snow! In keeping with my Ice Crystal tradition, I embellished each Flake with exceptional one-of-a-kind glamor using Swarovski, Celestial and Czech crystals, glass beads and pearls and perfect Swarovski pearls in icy shades and Christmas colors. AB (Aurora Borealis) coating adds a brilliant multicolor shimmer to many of the glass beads.
These are Snappy Tatter original designs. The Ice Crystals and Snowballs I hand make each year are one-of-a-kind and limited edition, perfect for collecting and gift-giving!
Tatting is a knotted lace technique that is closest to micro-macrame. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of tiny knots are tied to form rings and chains. Beads are added one by one as the knots are tied or hand sewn into the finished Flake.
Visit my Etsy shop to view more photos of these and other tatted ornaments!
This is the second gallery of work that will be shown at the three upcoming events I have scheduled. Much of it has been tatted over the past four weeks and finished recently. I like to photograph every item I create as a record of my progress as an artist. My followers and fans are the first to have the opportunity to purchase any of these items before they sell. Contact me through my Blog comments, Facebook, my Etsy Shop or through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. Everything that is one-of-a-kind will say OOAK so you will know it will not be reproduced exactly the same.
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~New! Grace embellished with Swarovski pearls. (OOAK)
~MOD embellished with Hematite-a customer favorite!
~Flair embellished with Swarovski Crystals
~MOD Pendant with Czech crystal
~New Snappy Tatter design! Sparrow! (OOAK)
I am so excited to finally be able to show this design! It is a variation of my Phoenix and Angel wing designs and has been rattling around in my head for months. Ever since we put up a bird feeder for the first time this spring and I discovered that I was a bird watcher, I have been needing to create this. I have studied the wee birds in my back yard and love the variation of the sparrows. This is the first Sparrow design but I can think of many ways to blend the colors so there will be more from time to time. Created while on our cabin vacation it took several hours to design and shuttle-tat as I diligently created hundreds of uniform picots to make the frilly wing. Stiffened discreetly through the back and embellished with gorgeous bronze colored Swarovski pearls, this is my new favorite! Please feel free to share my newest creation with your friends!
~New! Strand earrings
~MOD earrings in cream
~Dainty Flake earrings with brilliant man-made diamonds
~Drop earrings with dangling pearl teardrops (OOAK)
~Frilly Drips and Drop earrings
~Dainty Flake Pendants are back!
All of the Dainty Flakes are embellished with Czech Glass and a Celestial Crystal or a Swarovski pearl or bi-cone crystal and clasp with a decorative floral box clasp. Back to the drafting table!